Gorsek wins House District 49 seat
Democratic incumbent Chris Gorsek has been re-elected to Oregon House District 49. Gorsek has defeated challenger Justin Hwang by just more than 1,000 votes.
According to the latest returns released at 12:07 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, Gorsek beat Hwang with 9,675 to 8,559 votes. Gorsek received 51 percent of the vote, while Hwang has received 45.12 percent.
Hwang conceded the race on the morning of Nov. 7. Hwang was not immediately available for comment.
Gorsek released a statement announcing his victory on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
"It is my greatest honor to represent Oregon's House District 49, and I thank the community for choosing to re-elect me to serve as their representative in Salem," Gorsek said in the release. "For the past 6 years, I have put East County's working families first. I am proud of my record of supporting job creation with my update of the Oregon Strategic Investment Program, passing the only tenant protection bill signed into law since the beginning of the housing crisis as well as implementing reforms to protect youth when questioned by law enforcement."
District 49 includes the communities of Troutdale, Wood Village, Fairview and portions of Gresham and outer Northeast Portland.
Hwang is the owner of the Joy Teriyaki restaurant chain. Hwang is a member of the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Mt. Hood Community College Foundation.
Hwang's priorities would have included repealing regulations, and strengthening services for veterans.
Gorsek was first elected to the House in 2012. Gorsek is an instructor at Mt. Hood Community college where he teaches criminal justice and geology.
Gorsek's priorities include improving funding to support homeless resources, and passing legislation aimed at improving the middle class.
This story will be updated as election results are announced.